The Health Advocate

by Hannah Whittenly, The Health Advocate

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Farmers Market

Whether you’ve driven past the local farmer’s market multiple times or you’ve just read about it in the news, you have some interest in visiting. However, the big grocery stores and the online food shopping experiences tend to lure you away. Before walking down the aisle with a cart or loading one up online, consider how shopping locally can bolster your health.

Knowing What You’re Eating

If you sat down and really looked at the label on a snack that you might grab on any old day of the week, you may express some horror at what you see. In fact, you may discover an inability to pronounce many of the ingredients. Shopping local gives you a better sense of exactly what you’re putting into your body. The reason is that you can simply ask the local farmer about the methods of preparing the soil, harvesting the vegetables or making the products.

Trusting the Quality

When items are mass produced, the quality of those products often goes down. At a local farmer’s market, you are highly unlikely to experience this problem. Instead, you can have greater confidence that the farmer has taken the time to craft the food with care. The same farmer who got on a boom lift , picked the apples from the orchard with their own hands is there selling it to you. This means fruit can be picked when ripe instead of green and shipped across the globe. This means that more nutrients are in the fruit since it was able to mature naturally and attached to the tree instead of once it was picked. Another benefit is that you can often actually speak with the farmers themselves, thereby allowing you build trust in the creators of your food.

Learning New Recipes

Farmers tend to care deeply about their products, and they want you to feel excited about the goods too. You may find that the farmer’s market sell recipe books with ways to turn local ingredients into delicious meals for the family. Simply adding new recipes into your meal plans can encourage you to eat healthier foods. In other words, healthy foods don’t need to seem boring anymore.

Getting in Exercise

Visiting the farmer’s market is an opportunity for some exercise. You probably don’t want to walk to the giant supermarket that’s two towns away, and you certainly won’t get any exercises while ordering your groceries online. However, going down the street or a few blocks away to the local farmer’s market is an opportunity to take a stroll and to then build up some muscles as you carry your delicious fruits and vegetables home. Also, you’ll get those lovely doses of fresh air.

Shopping at the local farmer’s market is certainly an experience that you should try out. Once you switch to this method of procuring food, you may never want to return to your old ways.

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